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The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win…in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values — integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

These positions are being filled under
Direct-Hire Authority for the Department of Defense for Post-Secondary Students and Recent Graduates.
The Secretary of the Air Force has delegated authority by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to directly appoint qualified post-secondary students and recent graduates directly into competitive service positions; these positions may be professional or administrative occupations and are located Air Force-Wide. Positions may be filled as permanent or term with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.

*** The term
“Current post-secondary student”
mean a person who is currently enrolled in, and in good academic standing at a full-time program at an institution of higher education; and is make satisfactory progress toward receipt of a baccalaureate or graduate degree; and has completed at least one year of the program.

Post-secondary students may be noncompetitively converted to a career or career-conditional appointment within 120 days of successful completion of their academic program requirements.

*** The term
“recent graduate”
means a person who was awarded a degree by an institution of higher education not more than two years before the date of the appointment of such person, except that in the case of a person who has completed a period of obligated service in a uniform service of more than four years.

This Public Notice is to gather applications which may or may not result in a referral or selection.

This Public Notice may be used to fill positions in other equivalent pay systems (i.e., NH, NJ, NK).

Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.


  • Assist commanders and first sergeants by providing legal and administrative services that facilitate the rapid discharge of Air Force personnel.
  • Prepares, reviews, and processes administrative discharges and provides administrative support to discharge boards.
  • Maintains adverse action docket, to include administrative involuntary board-entitled and non-board-entitled discharges.
  • Participates in all duty related training opportunities and provides training to paralegals and newly assigned personnel.
  • Coordinates, processes, and reports all activity of the Victim and Witness Assistance Program (VWAP).

Additional Information:

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

Duties and responsibilities vary and may increase according to grade level.

This public notice may be used to fill target grades (e.g. GS-05 Target GS-11). There may be promotion potential above the GS-11 or equivalent.

Supervisory Status

Promotion Potential

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply
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This public notice is to gather applications that may or may not result in a referral or selection.
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Job Requirements
Job Requirements
Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Total salary varies depending on location of position
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Recruitment incentives may be authorized

GS-01: No experience or education required

GS-02: Three months general experience OR High school graduation or equivalent.

GS-03: Six months general experience OR One year above High school

GS-04: One year general experience OR Two years above High school

GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-04, which will include knowledge of guidelines, precedent case actions, legal research techniques, and the programs of the organization, equal to that acquired through extended work experience or training, to assist the legal staff in locating and identifying precedent cases, legal citations, and statutory references.


Education: Four years above High school.

GS-06 and above: One year specialized experience to at least next lower grade level. Experience will include Knowledge of the nature and capability of worked processing software procedures and functions to perform a substantial range of functions, such as generating tables of contents, importing graphs or databases, creating glossaries, aligning multiple columns, automatically printing document identification or other notations at the top or bottom of each page, and creating form letters and automatically merging these with mailing lists.

To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:

KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of rules, procedures, policies, and programs of the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate to perform the procedural and administrative work of the organization such as preparing and editing legal documents and administrative correspondence, maintaining files, and records, and assembling information for various legal documents and reprots; knowledge of legal services and terminology int eh area of claims, civil law, military justice, legal assistance, discharge and demotion actions, and legal research techniques; and knowledge of grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and required legal formats and directives regarding preparation of written communications to produce legal and administrative documents and communications.

2. Knowledge of office functions to screen telephone calls and visitors, prepare and review correspondence, and perform other administrative work as required.

3. Knowledge of various office automation software programs, tools, and techniques to support office-operations and produce a variety of documents such as letters, reports, spreadsheets, databases, and graphs.

4. Skill in typing a qualified typist is required.

5. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing; ability to advise commanders and supervisors of appropriate legal actions maintaining strict confidentiality due to the sensitive nature of these legal actions.

6. Ability to interpret and apply regulatory and procedural requirements to process unusually difficult and complicated transactions; ability to utilize a military legal library and computer resources to perform appropriate research.

Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


  • Position may be subject to random drug testing
  • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
  • Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • Position may require an appropriate security clearance
  • Position may be subject to Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) Assessment

Security Clearance

Additional Information
Additional Information
What To Expect Next
After you submit your application, you will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.

Your application will remain active through the open period of this Public Notice. Once this Public Notice closes, you must reapply.


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Term Appointments:
If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.

Selective Service:
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click

Direct Deposit:
All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

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